Microsoft today announced plans to establish its first Datacenter region in New Zealand, a key milestone for delivering enterprise-grade cloud services in the country. The New Zealand Datacenter Area is the latest addition to Microsoft’s global data center footprint, which surpasses other cloud providers in the announced 60 regions, and Microsoft Azure is available in more than 140 countries around the world.
Microsoft New Zealand general manager Vanessa Sorenson says, “This significant investment in New Zealand’s digital infrastructure is a testament to the remarkable spirit of New Zealand’s innovation and reflects how we’re pushing the boundaries of what is possible as a nation.”
With the growth of this new datacenter region, Microsoft aims to spur growth, which will accelerate digital transformation opportunities across New Zealand. The company will continue to invest in new solutions that support the sustainability goals of New Zealand and Microsoft. Also, Microsoft will add support for educational skills programs to increase future employment opportunities for New Zealanders.
Accelerating digital transformation in New Zealand
With the growth of the new region, public and private sector organizations, large corporations, and small and medium-sized businesses will be able to use scalable, highly available, and flexible public cloud services. At the same time, helping companies meet their data residency, security, and compliance requirements.
The customers will have access to Microsoft’s cloud services, including Azure, Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365 and Power Platform, Built-In Trust, and Security.
Continuous commitment to sustainability
Microsoft has committed to turning carbon negative by 2030, and by 2050, the company will eliminate all carbon emitted from the environment, either directly or through electricity consumption from the environment since its founding in 1975. Through its AI for Good initiative, Microsoft combines its technology and expertise in artificial intelligence and data science with the expertise of teams around the world to meet humanitarian challenges and protect and build cultural heritage. A very stable, healthy, and accessible world.
The potential for the future
Microsoft is working to reduce the capacity gap among the IT community and to improve the technological ingenuity of cloud services to support future employment opportunities.
Microsoft has worked alongside Massey University and The Collaborative Studio to launch the i4 Accelerator. This public-private education program addresses skills shortages in critical industries such as manufacturing and technology. The i4 Accelerator supports digital talent initiatives by providing access to training in targeted skills, leadership education, and workplace-based training programs to support the adoption of digital technologies. Through this work, i4 aims to accelerate New Zealand logistics and technology companies through co-creation and collaboration.
Microsoft is enabling digital transformation into an era of the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person on the planet to achieve more for every organization.